WHO: Vermonters from all walks of life led by a broad coalition of citizen groups and supported by Vermont businesses

WHAT: Dozens of public events addressing and tackling climate change all over Vermont, including:

Climate strike rallies, teach-ins, die-ins, sing-ins, art projects, musical performances, dances, bike rallies, worship services, electric vehicle events, bannering, films, nature walks, tree plantings, regenerative agriculture, action against fossil-fuel lobbyists and coal plant nonviolent direct action.

Events list: https://vermontclimatestrike.org/events/list/ 

WHERE: Multiple towns and cities throughout Vermont including:

Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Castleton, Chester, Craftsbury, Hartland, Jericho, Manchester, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Norwich, Putney, Randolph, Ripton, Rutland, Sharon, South Burlington, South Stratford, Vergennes, Waitsfield, Wells, West Rupert, and Worcester.

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 20 – Saturday, Sept. 28

Strike and rallies: Friday Sept. 20 (statewide, but the largest in Burlington)
Bannering: Sept. 23
Action vs. fossil fuel lobbyists: Sept. 25
Bioregional Riverfest: Sept. 27
Bow Coal Plant Rally and Action: Sept. 28

Many other events throughout the week. Full list: https://vermontclimatestrike.org/events/list/ 

WHY: This Friday, millions of people around the world will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Actions continue for the next week, too. Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone. 

PRESS RELEASE: https://vermontclimatestrike.org/2019/09/12/for-immediate-release-broad-coalition-calls-on-vermonters-to-join-the-climate-strike/  

WEB LINKS: www.vermontclimatestrike.org

Burlington Strike and Rally: https://vermontclimatestrike.org/event-date/burlington-strike-and-rally/

Global Events: https://globalclimatestrike.net

Video: https://bit.ly/2mh4pUh

Organizations providing financial support in Vermont include Seventh Generation, Ben & Jerry’s, Sierra Club, Chelsea Green, SunCommon, 350.org, Front Porch Forum, Burton Snowboards, Eco-Equipment Supply, Chroma Technology, and Natural Mattress Company.  

KEY QUOTES:

“We, the youth of today and tomorrow, deserve a future where we can hope for more than survival, and an education that will prepare us to continue the work of creating the future.”
– Hazel Civalier, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School

“We need Vermonters to step up and demand action to protect us and our children. With eight days of actions, we’re kicking it into high gear and asking Vermonters to go on strike Friday the 20th. If they can’t strike all day, they can temporarily walk out from their workplaces and schools to join a local event and demand action on climate change.”
– Abby Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinator at 350VT

“The damage to the Bahamas and southeastern U.S. caused by Hurricane Dorian and our government’s coarse response to the plight of Bahamians are more examples of the devastating impacts of climate change and the ineffectiveness of our political leadership to properly respond to the needs of people on the front lines of the crisis. As these storms are made worse by the manufacture and burning of fossil fuels, it is critical to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, sustainable, equitable, and connected.”
– Dan Batten of Extinction Rebellion Vermont

MEDIA CONTACTS:

-Divya Gudur, Middlebury Student Organizer, [email protected],  (847) 363-1628
-Grace Hsiang, Student Organizer, [email protected], (802) 503-7256
-Abby Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinator at 350VT, [email protected], (802) 490-6393
-Greg Dennis, VT Climate Coalition volunteer, [email protected], (802) 989-4115
-Dan Batten, Extinction Rebellion Vermont, [email protected] 

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